The Graduate Diploma in Archaeology and Heritage Management is a 36-unit program offered by the Faculty of Education, Humanities and Law. The course is offered over two semesters full-time, or the equivalent part-time.

The Graduate Diploma in Archaeology and Heritage Management articulates with the 18-unit Graduate Certificate in Archaeology, Graduate Certificate in Cultural Heritage Management and the 72-unit Master of Archaeology and Heritage Management.

Admission requirements

Applicants must normally hold an approved degree or equivalent qualification from an approved tertiary institution. Under exceptional circumstances and subject to specific conditions, the Faculty Board may admit others who can show evidence of fitness for candidature.

Course aims

The course aims to meet the research and professional needs of graduates with an interest in Australian archaeology, archaeological field practice and cultural heritage management. It aims to increase the theoretical knowledge and research, practical and applied skills required to develop appropriate depth of understanding of issues in a number of related specialisations in archaeology and cultural heritage management.

The course draws on both theoretical and practical material and provides the opportunity for students to apply both the principles and the practical skills developed during the course.

Learning outcomes

Upon graduating successfully, students will be equipped to:

  • enter the workforce as skilled and knowledgeable professional archaeologists or cultural heritage managers who are able to reflect critically on their own practice;
  • understand the requirements of undertaking archaeological fieldwork and employ a wide range of technical and research skills in archaeological projects;
  • understand the nature of cultural heritage management practice and theory and be able to initiate, plan, implement and evaluate the management of cultural heritage in an archaeological context;
  • review, synthesise and analyse major issues in Australian archaeology, cultural heritage management, conservation and professional archaeological practice; and
  • undertake their work as independent professional archaeologists or cultural heritage managers in an ethical manner.


Students who have successfully completed the requirements of the Graduate Certificate in Archaeology, Graduate Certificate in Cultural Heritage Management, or Graduate Certificate of Maritime Archaeology on admission to the Graduate Diploma in Archaeology and Heritage Management, receive 18 units of specified credit towards the course.

Credit may, under certain circumstances, and subject to specific conditions, be granted to candidates who demonstrate relevant and extensive archaeology and cultural heritage management industry experience of a minimum of two years; and/or who have been the lead or sole author of a relevant piece of written work which demonstrates competency in a number of specified areas. This credit would be limited to a maximum of 9 units.

Program of study

To qualify for the Graduate Diploma in Archaeology and Heritage Management a student must complete 36 units with a grade of P or NGP or better in each topic, according to the following program of study:

Students undertake the core topic (4.5 units) and 31.5 units of option topics, of which at least 22.5 units must be chosen from Group A topics.

Core topic

ARCH8020 Research Methods in Archaeology (4.5 units)

Option - Group A topics

Up to 31.5 units from the following topics may be taken:

ARCH8015 Research Funding and Ethics in Archaeology and Heritage (4.5 units)
ARCH8017 Cultural Heritage and the Law (4.5 units)
ARCH8018 Introduction to Cultural Heritage Management (4.5 units)
ARCH8019 Heritage Management Planning (4.5 units)
ARCH8021 Introduction to Professional Archaeology (4.5 units)
ARCH8150 Maritime Archaeology in Australia (4.5 units)
ARCH8151 Coastal and Underwater Archaeology (4.5 units)
ARCH8154 Underwater Cultural Heritage: Legislation, Management and Interpretation (4.5 units)
ARCH8401 Historical Artefact Analysis (4.5 units)
ARCH8402 The Museum (4.5 units)
ARCH8403 Directed Study in Cultural Heritage Management (4.5 units)
ARCH8404 Directed Study in Archaeology (4.5 units)
ARCH8405 The Archaeology of Australian Stone Artefacts (4.5 units)
ARCH8406 Issues in Indigenous Heritage Management (4.5 units)
ARCH8407 The Archaeology of Art (4.5 units)
ARCH8408 Human Osteology (4.5 units)
ARCH8409 Issues in Australian Rock Art (4.5 units)
ARCH8410 Archaeology of the First Australians GE (4.5 units)
ARCH8801 Archaeological Field Methods (4.5 units)
ARCH8802 Conservation Field School (4.5 units)
ARCH8803 Indigenous Australian Archaeology Field School A (4.5 units)
ARCH8804 Ethnoarchaeology in Aboriginal Australia GE (4.5 units)
ARCH8805 Australian Rock Art Field School A (4.5 units)
ARCH8806 Historical Archaeology Field School (4.5 units)
ARCH8807 Advanced Archaeology Field School (4.5 units)
ARCH8808 Introductory Archaeological Geophysics (4.5 units)
ARCH8518 Cultural Heritage Practicum (4.5 units) OR
ARCH8518A Cultural Heritage Practicum (9 units)

Option - Group B topics

Up to 9 units may be taken from the following topics:

BIOL8703 Vertebrate Palaeontology GE (4.5 units)
ENVS7711 Environmental Management (4.5 units)
ENVS8711 Australian Environmental Change GE (4.5 units)
ENVS8732 Environmental Impact Assessment GE (4.5 units)
ENVS9701 Sustainable Environmental Management (4.5 units)
ENVS9712 Environmental Policy Development/Analysis (4.5 units)
GEOG8700 Geographical Information Systems GE (4.5 units)
GEOG8701 Introduction to Remote Sensing GE (4.5 units)
SCME8001 Screen and Media Production 1, Production (4.5 units)
SCME8002 Screen and Media Production 2, Post Production (4.5 units)
SCME8010 3D Animation (4.5 units)
TOUR8115 Essentials of Interpretation (4.5 units)
TOUR8116 Essentials of Tourism (4.5 units)
TOUR8117 Essentials of Interpretive Tour Guiding (4.5 units)
TOUR8118 Destination Image and Tourism (4.5 units)
TOUR8119 Project Management – Developing a Business Plan (4.5 units)